Today : Monday - Sep 22, 2014, 11:45am (GMT+5.5)
All News  
Top News
National News
International News
Business News
Sports News
   » Cricket
   » Football
Entertainment News
Sci - Tech
Politics News
Health & Fitness
Gulf News
::| Latest News
News in Pictures

Seemingly unfazed at being ousted from the Asian Athletics Association, scam-tainted Suresh Kalmadi on Monday said losing the presidential re-election bid to Qatar’s Dahlan Jumaan Al-Hamad has actually given him a chance to work at the “grassroots” level.
“I have no issues today and I congratulate Mr Al-Hamad for being elected as President. I am rather relieved that I will be able to work at the grassroots level in athletics,” Mr. Kalmadi said after losing the vote during the ongoing AAA Congress in Pune.

National News

'Raja was told to reconsider cut-off date for 2G licences'

Tuesday - Apr 10, 2012, 11:05am (GMT+5.5)
[+] Text [-]

New Delhi -  Former telecom secretary D.S. Mathur Monday told a Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) court that he had asked then telecom minister A. Raja to reconsider the cut-off date for receiving applications for 2G spectrum licences.

“I recorded this note after seeing the order of the then minister, dated Nov 2, 2007, as fixing the date of Sep 25, 2007 (cut-off date for issuance of licence) may be considered arbitrary and it may give rise to legal complications later on,” said Mathur.

He added that he told Raja to reconsider the decision, however discussion was not recorded in the file.

Testifying as a CBI witness in the case, Mathur deposed before special CBI Judge O.P. Saini that Raja replied to him that decision on the cut-off date will be decided in future.

The CBI has alleged that Raja manipulated with the cut-off date to wrongly benefit Unitech and Swan, accused in the case.

Mathur told the court that according to a cabinet decision in 1999, it had laid down a condition that new licences should be given only when there is availability of spectrum.

He added that once Raja observed that whatever was discussed was not correctly recorded by him (Mathur) and he also said that in allocation of spectrum for dual technology, the date of payment of fee should determine the seniority.

According to the government auditor, the 2G spectrum allocation case pertained to biased distribution of mobile airwaves and operating licences, in lieu of kickbacks, to telecom firms that could have cost the treasury up to Rs.1.76 lakh crore in lost revenue.

Nineteen individuals and six companies are accused in the case. Except for Raja and Behura, all other arrested accused have been released on bail.


Rating (Votes: )   

blog comments powered by Disqus

Related Articles:
» Aarushi case: Talwars rubbish CBI sudden provocation theory
» SC notice to Centre, TN govt on pleas to protect fishermen
» China amends consumer rights law after 20 years
» Notice to centre, TN on plea for fishermen's protection
» Bo's appeal rejected, original judgment upheld
» SC awards Rs. 5.96 cr compensation in medical negligence case
» SC moved to put F1 on hold for tax default
» SC awards Rs.5.96 crore medical negligence compensation
» Berlusconi faces trial in bribery case
» Aarushi case: Plea to summon journalist, CBI officer rejected
» Cops clamping down on 'rowdy bikers': HC told
» Don't attribute motives to judgment, SC tells V.K.Singh
» Kerala HC trashes plea to probe Kurien in Suryanelli case
» Not averse to criticism: Supreme Court
» Rasheed Masood seeks bail, contests conviction
» US man held for carrying bullets freed on bail
» Coalgate: CBI likely to file status report in SC today
» Obama defends health care reform
» Nalini Singh ready to appear in court in Talwars' case
» In 2G: CBI asked to give IO note on transaction of Tata, Unitech
» SC disposes of PIL against Dayanidhi Maran
» Naveen Patnaik recommended coal mine allotment to JSPL during NDA regime
» SC declines to pass order on Asaram's plea against media
» Supreme Court refuses to interfere in excavation work in unnao gold
» Bihar mid day meal tragedy: Charge sheet against principal

Other Articles:
Maoists kill civilian on spying charge (10th Apr, 2012)
Service chiefs to depose before parliamentary panel (10th Apr, 2012)
Maharashtra government, opposition trade charges (10th Apr, 2012)
'Social networking, Team Anna raised Goa poll percentage' (10th Apr, 2012)
India, Qatar sign oil pact, discuss Indians' welfare (10th Apr, 2012)
Madhya Pradesh grocery shops, eateries on 3-day strike (10th Apr, 2012)
Hot Monday in Delhi, mercury to rise further (9th Apr, 2012)
India wary of China's growing military profile (9th Apr, 2012)
Araria's sex workers rally to demand security for women (9th Apr, 2012)
Zardari donation will be for 'noble causes': Ajmer dargah (9th Apr, 2012)
Zardari came to India with open mind: Bansal (9th Apr, 2012)
President's last foreign trip: 12 days in Africa (9th Apr, 2012)
IGNOU launches courses in water conservation (9th Apr, 2012)
New judges made to wait for Mamata's signature to take oath (9th Apr, 2012)
CBI to file additional chargesheet in Emaar case (9th Apr, 2012)
Mamata announces sops for Muslims (9th Apr, 2012)
Six die in car crash near Mathura (9th Apr, 2012)
Mizoram school teachers not getting salaries (9th Apr, 2012)
Centre-ULFA talks positive: Government (9th Apr, 2012)
Assam's one-horned rhino population rises by 250 (9th Apr, 2012)
Baby girl tortured, now in Bangalore (9th Apr, 2012)
Talks successful, we are hopeful: Rajkhowa (9th Apr, 2012)
Out of politburo, Achuthanandan is miffed (9th Apr, 2012)
Pakistani caught while crossing LoC (9th Apr, 2012)
Karat again elected CPI-M boss (9th Apr, 2012)

Contact Us | Advertise with Us | Privacy Policy | Disclaimer | Terms of Use